BOBST hosted an Open House at its new Flexo Center of Excellence at Bobst Bielefeld on 13 February 2020, giving attendees the opportunity to experience the entire flexo process from start to finish.
The Competence Center at Bobst Bielefeld’s has been extended to include a pre-press room, meaning it is now a fully comprehensive Center of Excellence for the flexo process, specifically for Extended Color Gamut (ECG) for wide-web CI flexo presses. The Center benefits from an “open-partnership” system, meaning all of BOBST’s valued industry partners are present, ensuring the integration of all the elements that combine to make a flawless end-to-end process.
“Bobst Bielefeld is now the ultimate Center of Excellence,” said Mark McInulty, Managing Director Bobst Bielefeld. “It provides an invaluable central facility for testing and continuous development of the ECG process for BOBST and industry suppliers in our open-partnership system. The Center helps our CI flexo printing customers to maximize the advantages derived from the implementation of the ECG process to the fullest.”
The use of ECG is growing steadily. The process uses three additional ink colours – orange, green and violet (OGV) – on top of the conventional colours of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK), enabling a match with 90%+ of the Pantone book, compared with approximately 60% previously.
For a converter, its adoption means many sizable economies of time and cost: no more changes of inks and resulting washing of print decks, no need for a huge ink inventory for storing spot inks, no time wasted in ink mixing and a guarantee of colour consistency for jobs that are run a long time apart or in different parts of the world.
BOBST equipment shown at the Open House included the recently launched VISION CI, EXPERT CI, the Digital Inspection Table, and e-services solutions.
Open House visitors experienced the entire flexo process from file to the printed reel by talking to the various BOBST partners at pre-press such as U. Günther Prepress, Miraclon, Glunz & Jensen and Esko.